List of my consulting engagements, in inverse chronological order, filtered by the type of engagement from the Experience tab above.

Benchmarked research parks and economic-development initiatives at comparable lab settings worldwide, and contributed knowledge on available state-government support mechanisms, as part of a visioning study conducted by TEConomy Partners for a research park to be associated with a major federal laboratory.

FuzeHub logoExternal reviewer for the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund, operated by FuzeHub, a not-for-profit operating a statewide node on the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Latest awards here. Note that as part of each review round, I disclose potential conflicts and may be required to recuse myself if any reviewable proposal has been submitted by a unit with which I have a direct business relationship.

Conducted all benchmarking research for a report commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). The report highlights pro-innovation initiatives being undertaken by 18 nations (plus the European Union at the transnational level) that are challenging U.S. global leadership in the advanced biopharmaceutical industries. Work delivered as a subcontractor to TEConomy Partners.

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Cover page of the TEConomy Partners report for PhRMA. For the full report, click the image.

Conducted stakeholder interviews with the directors of four state associations which share certain interests with the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC). Wrote an analytical summary of opportunities for alliances between these groups and NYSEDC, for use in strategic planning by the Executive Director and Executive Committee of the Board.

Benchmarked a series of major medical-research prizes, and suggested alternative methodologies for sourcing candidates, as part of a project by TEConomy Partners to advise a health-system foundation on a contemplated new prize.

Subcontractor to the NYU Wagner School on major grant from U.S. EDA to Wagner, ICMA, and JFF to assist in coordinating and harmonizing approaches to economic development across federal agencies. The project is intended to yield a one-stop platform to help communities make more effective cases for integrated federal support of complex regional partnerships for economic development.

Uncompensated, pro bono service on advisory board to the NYS Commissioner of Economic Development Development on aspects of the “research development program” administered by the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation at DED/Empire State Development Corporation.

ddKey advisor/seed-round-investor in DirectDep, a cloud platform enabling lawyers and their staffs to book individual court reporters for depositions in real time, with many time-saving and quality improvement features enabled by the technology.

Advisor to the NYU Wagner Innovation Labs on a report on cities and anchor institutions prepared by Neil Kleiman and his colleagues for the National Resouce Network. Work delivered as a subcontractor to the Center for an Urban Future.

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Cover page of NRN report. For full report, click image.

‘Pitch Prep’ coach, readying clients of WNY Innovation Hot Spot for their presentations to the semifinal round of the 43North business plan competition (an element of Gov. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program). Background here.

Member of a Technical Evaluation Panel (specifics subject to a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement) convened by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Benchmarked six centers at leading universities elsewhere in the nation as part of a project to plan initiatives in both plant sciences and food processing at North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. NCSU-Plant Sciences NCSU FMI

 

Consultant to the Data Science Institute, Columbia University, helping draft its contribution to the overall strategic plan of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

cblogoKey advisor/seed-round-investor in Calcbench, a startup that leverages the extensible business reporting language (XBRL) to provide advanced analytics on reports made by publicly traded companies to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Performed extensive data analysis and benchmarking on competing university efforts in Big Data science in preparation for The Ohio State University’s issuance of a call for proposals through its Discovery Themes competition.

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Benchmarked globally prominent agbioscience research institutions and regional competitors as part of a strategy project for La Trobe University and its R&D partner, the State of Victoria (Australia) Department of Primary Industries.

Advisor in Community and Economic Development to the Innovations in American Government Awards Program at the Ash Center.

Benchmarked five major bioscience R&D institutes and several smaller programs for Indiana BioCrossroads (a cluster project of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership) as part of a strategy project to design what became the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute.

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Conducted extensive stakeholder interviews with startup companies as part of a broader project for the (former) Louisiana Economic Development on how to pursue “blue sky” sectoral strategies in areas with limited competition.

Benchmarked the strategies of three other states that, like Nebraska, were considering integrating to some degree their departments of commerce or economic development and labor or workforce development.

Consultant to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on innovation and economic development programs.

Consultant to Gulf Power (a unit of the Southern Company) on technology-led economic development strategic planning for Pensacola, Florida.

Consultant to Edelman public-relations firm and its affiliate BioScience Communications, providing competitive intelligence they needed for a client in the research-institute sector.

Contractor to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for a stakeholders’ analysis on NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park.

Mentor/coach, NYU Stern School of Business/Berkley Center $200k Entrepreneurs Challenge business-plan competition.

Subcontractor to Public Works Consulting (now Public Works Partners) on a significant program-design and grant-writing engagement for a major research university based in New York City.

SOFInsAdvisor/mentor to SOFIns, a startup providing secure remote-management services by which non-technical users can obtain advanced services from remote experts.

Benchmarked five university-related research parks as part of a project to guide Rutgers University in reinventing its Livingston Campus as an Innovation Park.

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Benchmarked bioscience sectoral development strategies in 23 non-U.S. nations in a project on “growth platforms for economies around the world” for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA).

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Benchmarked four national biotechnology strategies as part of a “Proposed National Medical Biotechnology Strategy and Action Plan for Jordan” cowritten by Battelle and UPMC.

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External reviewer for six innovation programs funded by Orange County (Florida) at the University of Central Florida, on a two-part technical-assistance project funded by Living Cities.

Conducted in-depth stakeholder interviews on possible reforms in the drug development pipeline as part of a project for the Council on American Medical Innovation, including also assessment of mechanisms used in other nations to promote biomedical innovation.

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Benchmarked bioscience cluster development strategies in more than 30 states as part of a project on “driving state economic growth” for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA).

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Consultant to the Director of Policy and Research, Living Cities, preparing a “blueprint” on urban economic-development issues as part of reconfiguration of the organization’s programs.

Benchmarked five state-supported eminent scholars programs for the Arkansas Research Alliance, in a project conducted through my affiliation with the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice.

As part of an assessment of the potential for the Tennessee Valley Authority to contribute to development of value-added R&D in the automotive sector, benchmarked six in-region university efforts in automotive technology R&D.

Researched national best-practice lessons in each of the programmatic areas being developed in a broader strategic project for Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) on behalf of the (former) Governor’s Life Sciences Advisory Board.

External Reviewer for the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development (CISDD), reporting to the Vice President for Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Benchmarked seven research parks/innovation districts around the nation as part of a project for Hillsborough County (Florida) to envision a research park adjacent to the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Benchmarked a dozen military base-closing/re-use processes as part of a Battelle Internal Research and Development (IRAD) project to develop automated tools for use by the company’s defense-business sector.

Advisor on first-year reporting to the NSF Engineering Research Center for Mid InfraRed Technology for Health and the Environment, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton University.

Advisor to the Office of the Dean, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University, regarding SEAS presentation to the Columbia Board of Trustees.

Advisor to the Office of the University Dean (now Vice Chancellor) for Research, City University of New York, regarding CUNY’s participation in the New York State Commission on Higher Education.

Conducted extensive analysis of USDA data to benchmark the agricultural research enterprise at Oklahoma State University against those of seven peer-competitor universities.

Conducted extensive local stakeholder interviews and benchmarked Syracuse against five regions with similar strategies for in the energy and environmental cluster, as part of a broader project for the Metropolitan Development Alliance of Syracuse and Central New York (now CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity) resulting in creation of the “Greencore” strategy.

Conducted benchmark interviews with leaders of 10 world-leading research parks, as part of a first-of-its-kind study for the Association of University Research Parks.

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Benchmarked strategies in all 50 states for development of alternative energy sectors as part of an Internal Research & Development (IR&D) project at Battelle.

Advisor to New York University’s College of Nursing Office of the Dean; and to the College’s John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing; and to the Institute’s Nurse Competency for Aging project funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

As part of planning for physical development of the University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences Campus, benchmarked six other urban research parks.

Executive Director (founding), Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc.